Earth Systems Research Center botanist Barry Rock officially retired in late May after 40 years of teaching and research, including 25 at UNH. However, he will still serve as director of Forest Watch, which he founded 21 years ago. Forest Watch is a unique program that engages primary and secondary school students in the hands-on collection and processing of field data relating to air pollution damage in forest stands.
Dr. James Ryan and his team in UNH's Space Science Center (SSC) are using his research into neutrons and gamma rays from space to construct the Portable Neutron Spectroscope (NSPECT), a device that will allow authorities to pinpoint from a safe distance materials used to make a nuclear bomb.
Citizen scientists are helping doctoral student Elizabeth Burakowski and her adviser Cameron Wake (of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space) collect data for the first study ever to measure the albedo of the New Hampshire landscape in winter. Changes in albedo (the amount of solar radiation reflected from the Earth's surface) due to reforestation of previously-cleared areas may play a role in climate change in New England.
With the full sky shimmering in green aurora on Feb. 18, 2012, a team of scientists, including space physicist Marc Lessard and graduate students from UNH’s Space Science Center, launched an instrument-laden, two-stage sounding rocket from the Poker Flat Research Range in Fairbanks, Alaska. The precision measurements from the rocket’s instruments will shed new light on the physical processes that create the northern lights and further our understanding of the complex sun-Earth connection.
An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University of New Hampshire’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) new Frontiers in Earth-System Dynamics (FESD) program to support a project that crosses the boundaries between space physics, atmospheric, and ice core science.